Coast Guard Rescue of Pan Am Stratocruiser
On October 16, 1956, a Pan Am Clipper aircraft en route from San Francisco to Honolulu, Hawaii -- the Sovereign of the Skies -- was forced to ditch in the Pacific. Fortunately for the passengers, the U.S. Coast Guard vessel Ponchartrain was close at hand. This incredible film shows the efforts of the airplane pilot and co-pilot, and Coast Guard captain and crewmen, to save the passengers after a ditching at sea. The incident remains one of the proudest moments in the history of the Coast Guard. Features footage of Owasco class cutters USCGC Androscoggin (WHEC-68) and USCG Pontchartrain (WHEC-79).
Run time 10 minutes 18 secondsProducer USCGAudio/Visual sound, colorLanguage English